Film Commish on How Colorado Can Stop Losing Huge Movies to Other States

The Magnificent Seven, the Denzel Washington-starring remake of the western classic, is among the most successful movies of the season; it’s earned more than $65 million domestically, and has topped the $100 million mark worldwide, in its first thirteen days of release. But while the flick showcases scenery and settings of the sort that can be found in abundance throughout Colorado, it wasn’t shot here.

Instead, it was made in New Mexico — and Donald Zuckerman, Colorado’s film commissioner, has a simple explanation for why its makers chose to go there even though the state he represents would have looked just as good on the big screen, if not better.

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